October 1, 2009 at midnight EDT

EPB Fiber Optics Uses Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – EPB Fiber Optics is providing only highly energy efficient, ENERGY STAR certified set-top boxes with their Fi TV Essential offering. This makes EPB Fiber Optics, along with a satellite TV provider, one of the only two providers in Chattanooga who offer Energy Star certified and labeled set-top boxes.

To earn Energy Star certification, a set-top box must be at least 30% more efficient than a traditional set-top box.

“As an electric power distributor, energy efficiency is very important to us. That’s why we are committed to seeking energy efficient opportunities in our advanced communications company wherever possible,” says Katie Espeseth, Vice President of EPB Fiber Optics. “Having the most energy efficient set-top boxes made a lot of sense. And it’s just the right thing to do.”

EPB took into consideration several benefits of providing highly energy efficient set-top boxes to their customers, including research that showed the following:

• Over three years, Energy Star certified set-top boxes would collectively save EPB’s Fi TV Essential customers over $685,000.

• Each Energy Star certified set-top box consumes 105 fewer kWh per year than standard set-top boxes, the carbon offset equivalent of each household with an EPB Fiber Optics set-top box planting approximately two trees.

• Over three years, EPB Fiber Optics customers will save more than 8 million kWh by using Energy Star certified set-top boxes, offsetting 5.9 metric tons of carbon – the equivalent of taking 1,091 cars off the road.

Customers can learn more about EPB Fiber Optics at or by calling 423-648-1EPB (1372).


About Energy Star
Operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy, Energy Star is a voluntary program that sets strict energy efficiency specifications as well as promotes qualified products that help customers reduce their carbon footprint and save money.